Mady Christians

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Mady Christians
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Born Marguerita Maria Christians
(1892-01-19)January 19, 1892
Vienna, Austria-Hungary, now Vienna, Austria
Died October 28, 1951(1951-10-28) (aged 59)
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active 1916–1950
Spouse(s) Dr. Sven von Mueller

Marguerita Maria "Mady" Christians (January 19, 1892 – October 28, 1951) was an Austrian actress who achieved a successful acting career in theatre and film, in the United States until she was blacklisted during the McCarthy period.


She was born on January 19, 1892 to Rudolph Christians, who died during production of Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives and had to be replaced by a lookalike actor (Robert Edeson). Her family moved to Berlin when she was one year old, and to New York in 1912. Five years later she returned to Europe to study under Max Reinhardt.[citation needed]

She appeared in a number of European films before getting into American films. In 1929 she starred in the first full sound film made in Germany It's You I Have Loved.[1] On Broadway, she starred in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine.[2] She originated the title role in the 1944 play I Remember Mama. Her last movie roles were in All My Sons, based on the play by Arthur Miller, and Letter from an Unknown Woman, both released in 1948.[1]


On October 28, 1951, aged 59, Christians died of a stroke, which was attributed by some to the stress of being blacklisted.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Mady Christians at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Watch on the Rhine at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ "Mady Christians profile". HighBeam Research, Inc. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 

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